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Atomic Tea Party III

24 x 20 in. (60.96 x 50.8 cm)

Jo Whaley (Sacremento, California, 1953 - )

Object Type: Photograph
Medium and Support: Chromogenic print on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Ken and Melanie Light
Accession Number: 1998.17


Beyond Tradition: Permanent Collection Photographs, September 27, 2003 - August 22, 2004, Historic Wing, Paul L. Davies Gallery, Second Floor, San José Museum of Art.

Into the 21st Century: Selections from the Permanent Collection, May 22 -September 12, 1999, Second floor, New Wing, San José Museum of Art.

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Beyond Tradition: Permanent Collection Photographs (2003-2004)

Elements of painting, sculpture, and theater play equal roles in Jo Whaley’s captivating images. Whaley’s work as a photographer evolved from being a set painter and scenic artist. Her studio resembles an elaborate prop shop of still life objects, backdrops, and lights, which she combines to construct dramatic tableaux for her photographs. Her Natura Morta series imitates specific historical paintings, while commenting on the destruction or distortion of nature by science and technology.

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